To swell a progress

from T.S. Eliot – The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock on Rap Genius

Meaning

In Hamlet, Rosencrantz, Guildenstern, Osric, and even Polonius aren’t tremendously significant figures in their own right. Prufrock thinks his destiny is similar. He may play a minor role in a larger story, or swell the numbers of a royal court, but he’s basically not a very big deal. He’s like an extra in a film or a hanger-on in an entourage.

To help improve the meaning of these lyrics, visit “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” by T.S. Eliot and leave a comment on the lyrics box